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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8076410.stm

Muslims should not use weapons of mass destruction and possess them only as a deterrent, a top Islamic cleric says.

Grand Mufti of Egypt Ali Gomaa said using such weapons would violate Islamic teachings as Muslims as well as non-Muslims could be killed.

He issued the religious ruling, or fatwa, following reports that the use of such weapons was legitimate, the state news agency MENA said.

His ruling comes just days before the visit of US President Barack Obama.

Mr Obama, who arrives on 4 June, is expected to give a speech on US relations with the Muslim world.

On a recent visit to Turkey he said the US was not at war with Islam and called for a greater partnership with the Muslim world.

Cairo has said it does not want to make atomic bombs and in the past has called for a region free of nuclear weapons.

Correspondents say that is a reference to Israel - the only Middle Eastern power suspected of possessing such an arsenal.

Pakistan is the only Muslim country known to have nuclear weapons, although Western powers and Israel suspect Iran of trying to develop an atomic bomb.

The grand mufti, who is state-appointed, also said it was also not allowed for Muslims to kill civilians even during a declared war.

A reference to Israel? Because Israel is a Muslim country? No - notice the other bolded bit - a few days before Obama is due in Egypt. This is a reference to Iran, and nothing more than political point scoring. Ali Khamenei has already said many times that WMD is forbidden in Islam, and the Islamic Republic , to my knowledge have never used them, even after Saddam attacked them with chemical weapons.

So, what do you think - a reference to Israel, or the Egyptian religious establishment selling it's diginity to score points with the foreign president that Mobarak is so desparate to please??

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Sheikh Ali Gomma is not an enemy to Iran. He is actually very open to shias. He recently reiterated that the jafari madhab is a legitimate school to follow. This came after other prominent sunni scholars like Qardawi were blasting shias and making statements saying that Iran is trying to convert sunni countries to the shia faith.

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^It is possible to recognize shiaism without supporting the government of Iran.

that is true, but in middle east politics the word shia and iran are used interchangeably. when people are saying that we can't allow shiaism to spread in sunni countries this means that they don't want iran to gain any influence in these countries.

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What about th infamous 'speeding fatwa'

Egypt's mufti rejects criticism

Egypt's top Muslim scholar has defended himself against criticism for a series of controversial fatwas he has issued.

With tears in his eyes, Grand Mufti Sheikh Ali Gomaa told reporters his religious edicts were never influenced by pressure from the authorities.

Fierce criticism followed his recent ruling that speeding drivers cannot be condemned for killing people who deliberately stand in their way.

It became public days after just such a case involving a police car.

The mufti also offended many by saying that 26 Egyptian illegal migrants who drowned trying to reach Europe were the victims of their own greed rather than martyrs.

Sheikh Gomaa represents the Dar al-Ifta which is the official interpreter of Islamic law in Egypt based on the Koran and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad.

"It has never happened that when issuing a fatwa, we have come under any political or government pressure," the mufti said.

'Abhorrent' ruling

Sheikh Gomaa insisted the drivers' fatwa dated back to a case in July, long before a police car killed a woman trying to prevent officers from arresting a female relative.

A committee of scholars at al-Azhar university, Sunni Islam's most prestigious institution, called the ruling "abhorrent" and something "even the devil himself hadn't thought of".

Many commentators in the media have asked the mufti to step down.

But Sheikh Gomaa urged the media not to turn Dar al-Ifta's rulings - which must be given to all questions it receives - into issues of national debate.

In the past, Egyptian religious scholars, including Sheikh Gomaa, have ruled that all accident victims are martyrs who are assured paradise, but after the boat tragedy his ruling that victims were not martyrs caused similar outrage.

"What did you want me to say? I did not ignore the humanitarian dimension of the problem," the mufti said.

"Those who died because they were ambitious or greedy... are not martyrs."

Some correspondents linked the deaths not to greed but to Egypt's economic woes and corruption in the employment system.

There was particular criticism as the ruling was issued as grieving relatives waited for the repatriation of the victims at Cairo airport.

The nationwide debate about fatwas was sparked in the May when an al-Azhar professor ruled that male and female work colleagues can only be left alone together if she has breastfed him at least five times.

The fatwa was later retracted.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7094076.stm

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^It is possible to recognize shiaism without supporting the government of Iran.

Thats not true, Shiaism is iran and iran is shiaism, you cant for example criticize Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei ?! Why !?

Because he gets his inspiration from the Imam Al Mahdi, Khamenei is also is the leader on earth till the reappearance of the Original Leader of the Global Islamic Revolution, Imam al-Mahdi

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Muslims should not use weapons of mass destruction and possess them only as a deterrent, a top Islamic cleric says.

Not logical at all, as the Vulcan would say. Why have them if you're not going to use them, even as a last resort.

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